Feature Film
The Painting

Le Tableau

Post-screening Q&A with director Jean-François Laguionie

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Ages 9 & up
Lycée Français de New York

Dir. Jean-François Laguionie, 2011. 76 min. DCP.
In French with English subtitles

In this charming movie animated in sumptuous style, the world is an unfinished canvas populated by characters who go in search of their creator. For mysterious reasons, the Painter has left his work incomplete—causing conflict between the Toupins (Allduns), who are entirely painted, the Pafinis (Halfies), who lack a few colors, and the Reufs (Sketchies), who are barely outlined. Three friends, one of each class, go on a quest to find the artist so he can finish the piece and hopefully unite the characters.

This briskly paced French production takes the viewer through landscapes reminiscent of Monet, Matisse, Bonnard, and others as it tackles themes of identity and creativity.

This film will also be presented to school groups as part of FIAF’s Young Audience Program on Friday, February 7 at 11am. View details.